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SBD/Issue 82/Sports Media
Published January 18, 2001
TV MONITOR: Last night's 10:00pm ET 60-minute edition of FSN's "National Sports Report" led with Bulls-76ers, followed by Mavericks-Hornets. The first non-basketball report, at 9:17 into the broadcast, was Angels 1B Mo Vaughn rupturing a tendon in his left arm. The first report on the PGA Tour v. Martin was at 10:09. The first Super Bowl report was at 12:20. The first report on the Australian Open was at 18:51. Last night's 11:00pm ET 60-minute edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" led with Univ. of CA-Stanford Univ. NCAA men's basketball, followed by Univ. of GA-Univ. of FL NCAA men's basketball. The first non-basketball report, at 10:43, was Penguins-Coyotes. The first Super Bowl report was at 13:05. The first report on the PGA Tour v. Martin was at 23:29. The first Australian Open report was at 45:28. Last night's 11:00pm ET 30-minute edition of CNN/SI's "Sports Tonight" led with an interview with new baseball HOF inductees Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett with hosts Vince Cellini, Andre Aldridge, with guest Ozzie Smith, followed by OH St. Univ. naming Jim Tressel as head football coach with Univ. of OK Bob Stoops discussing Tressel's hiring. At 14:52, was Raptors-Spurs, followed by Knicks F Marcus Camby's five-game suspension. "Sports Tonight" spoke with Winfield, Puckett and Smith later in the show. "Sports Tonight" did not report on the Super Bowl, Casey Martin or the Australian Open (THE DAILY).
NOTES: NASCAR VP/Broadcasting Paul Brooks, on a report that NASCAR is paying $50M over three years to nets that "possessed the rights to races" before the new TV deal was signed with NBC, Fox and TBS: "There were certain agreements that were reached between the other networks and provisions to address that, but I really can't get into the specifics of dollars." Reports have said that NASCAR will pay $25M in the contract's first year, $13M in the second and $12M in the third to ESPN, TNN and CBS (WINSTON CUP SCENE, 1/18 issue)....In Ft. Worth, Dwain Price writes that Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban was a guest on two Charlotte radio talk shows yesterday, as his team was there to play the Hornets. During one of the shows, a "surprise caller innocently called to ask Cuban a question." The caller said, "Hi, this is Pat from Charlotte." Price: "Shortly thereafter, Cuban said: 'I know that voice.'" The caller was 76ers President Pat Croce (STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/18)....In AL, Tommy Hicks writes that this Saturday's Delchamps Senior Bowl will "mark a rematch of the all-star game with ESPN" after five years apart. The two "have joined forces again in a new, six-year deal reported to be worth" $3M, or $500,000 per year, "the richest deal" in the game's history (MOBILE REGISTER, 1/18).